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Kolkata, Nov. 14

RESTRICTIONS have been clamped on the road transportation of iron ore from the mines to Paradip port (for exports) as the repair work is in progress on the 40-km stretch between Kendrapara and Paradip on the National Highway No. 5A.

The movement of trucks with heavy loads has become almost impossible as the roads were badly damaged due to monsoon.

The restriction will be in force for a few more days, till the repair work is over, it is learnt. The National Highway Authority of India is undertaking the repair job. Usually, an estimated 2,000 trucks carrying iron ore enter the port every day. Now, only rail-borne iron ore is arriving at the port.

On an average, about 3.5-4 rakes of ore arrive at the port every day.

Meanwhile, the port continues to hold ground stock of an estimated three lakh tonnes of thermal coal awaiting shipment by the coastal route. While the arrivals of the coal in the port by railway rakes have been steady, the nomination of ships by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to lift the coal from the port and thus clear the ground stocks has been less than satisfactory.

If the present trend persists, it is felt that the thermal coal throughput for this month might be less than the monthly linkage of six lakh tonnes set for the quarter October-December.

The Chief Minister of Orissa, Mr Naveen Patnaik, will inaugurate on Tuesday the "Bali Yatra" function at the port to commemorate first sea expedition many centuries ago by the seafarers of the State.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 15, 2005)
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